Is Democracy In Peril? Yes.


NewCo Shift Forum 2018

Four world leaders discuss the fate of democracy in North America. Put bluntly: They’re concerned.

Left to right: John Heilemann, Jorge Fernando Quiroga, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Luis Almagro and Esko Aho

Partnering with the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, the largest forum of former democratic leaders, the NewCo Shift Forum convened a two day workshop in February featuring world leaders from Canada, Uruguay, Latvia, Bolivia, and Finland. Four of them then joined us on stage at the main conference for a captivating conversation, hosted by John Heilemann, on the state of democracy in the United States. Given the warning on this very topic delivered by former Secretary of State Madeline Albright today, this conversation feels ever more timely.

Below is a transcript, edited for clarity, and the video of the event. I introduce the topic and the speakers first, then hand it over to Mr. Heilemann for the dialog.

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